Upcoming Media Literacy Events

01.08.2023 – 30.11.2023

“Developing Media Competencies Through Playful Approaches”

This course, held at the University of Tartu, invites professionals working with children to learn how to enhance their digital, media, and info literacy skills through play. Suitable for educators, youth workers, social workers, psychologists, and ed-tech professionals.

The course will be held in Estonian.

September 2023

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The zoominars are in English!

Past events

JUNE 29TH-30TH 2023

BECID is at the 14th Central and Eastern European Communication and Media Conference CEECOM 2023

Diana Poudel, Signe Ivask, Maria Murumaa-Mengel, Marju Himma-Kadakas, Auksė Balčytienė and Kristina Juraitė from BECID are presenting results and taking part of discussions on how to address the current issues in the region, the threats and challenges the countries face, and possible future developments and opportunities.


At the international CBSE conference DIGIRES and BECID researchers will present the experience of the Baltic and Nordic countries in the fight against information disruptions

During The 15th Conference on Baltic Studies in Europe (CBSE) “Turning Points: Values and Conflicting Futures in the Baltics” on June 15-17th at Vytautas Magnus University, Kaunas, Lithuania, scientists from DIGIRES and BECID will present the experience of the Baltic and Nordic countries in combating information disorders and will discuss disinformation, media literacy, fight against false information narratives, and digital communication topics.

Image: Lauri Kulpsoo

May 25th, 11:00-17:00 (EET)

International Science Conference “Empowering Youth Values”

Maria Murumaa-Mengel, an Associate Professor of Media Studies from the University of Tartu will be the Keynote speaker at the international science conference “Empowering Youth Values”.

The purpose of the conference

The purpose of the conference is to discuss the meaning of a value-based approach in working with young people and the empowerment of young people’s values in practice.

With the conference, we want to raise awareness of the nature of value-based approaches, to point out connections with practice in work with young people. Also, to create international contacts and strengthen cooperation. At the conference, we will also summarize the results of the University of Tartu’s Narva College research project “Development of an innovative model of youth work organization at the local level based on a youth-centred approach”.

The conference will be held in English.

May 25th

EDMO 2023 Annual Conference

BECID Project Manager Maia Klaassen is attending the @EDMO_EUI 2023 Annual Conference to participate in the panel discussion “Identifying Media Literacy interventions that really work”.

13-14/04/2023 and 2/05/2023

Media Literacy Training for Teachers

Teachers from both primary and primary schools are welcome to attend a practical training on media literacy, which will include a design thinking method to develop each teacher’s own media literacy program.

The course lasts three days.
Teachers of different teaching subjects are welcome!

The training is in Estonian!

BaltsTeachMIL zoominar “Teaching media and information literacies in 2023”

The Balts have been facing information disorders “on steroids” for quite some time now, and continue to do so. This has made us resilient and knowledgeable about the many tricks and techniques of influencing people’s opinions. However, it is crucial to constantly update our understanding and skill sets regarding the (online) media information environment. To help with this, we invite all Baltic teachers and youth workers to come together for an English-speaking informal zoominar where we will share our experiences and best practices. 

A special emphasis will be put on discussing the things that teachers and youth workers can use in their daily work with students and young people. What kinds of disinfo-related problems do the kids and teens notice in their media use? What crazy conspiracy theories do they bring into class? If young people are misinformed by their social media feeds how can we respond to that? Should we? How do you build the literacies needed in today’s mediascapes? Which awesome study tasks have you used to increase the students’ media and information literacies? These are some of the questions the zoominar sets out to address.

The zoominar is the first of hopefully many to come. On 9th of May we will discuss and plan together, how to support Baltic teachers and youth workers in the future. And then carry out the plan! 🙂

When: TODAY, 9th of May, 2023 from 15.00 til 16.30

Where: Zoom

Who: Baltic teachers, youth workers

Moderator: Maria Murumaa-Mengel (University of Tartu, BECID)

19 Apr 2023, 14:00 – 15:15

Media literacy at the national and regional level supported by the EDMO hubs (Part 2)

The network of 14 European Digital Media Observatory (EDMO) Hubs constitutes a community active in all 27 member states aimed at countering disinformation and analysing its impact on society and democracy both at national and European level. Each of these hubs is actively involved in promoting digital and media literacy as part of their mission and has dedicated teams working on the topic. 

During this session, we plan to introduce the digital and media literacy work carried out by several of these hubs and to use the opportunity to identify working areas of common interest and to share this interest with the wider digital and media literacy community. 

The focus will be one the following hubs:


Speakers will include: Iānis Buholcs, Associate Professor at Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences, Latvia; Florian Löffler, Project Manager CORRECTIV, Germany; Laura Aniot, Assistant Project Manager, Idea Foundation, Hungary.

This session is organised by the Media & Learning Association as part of MLA’s work in EDMOII. Task 5.

Credit: digires.lt
Credit: digires.lt
Credit: digires.lt


DIGIRES organized a seminar for teachers and presented the methodology developed for media literacy classes

Association DIGIRES on April 11th remotely organized a professional development seminar for teachers “How to recognize the truth: recipes of a fact-checker”, during which experts shared the methods of checking information and presented methodical material prepared by the association for media literacy classes. The seminar attracted the interest of more than 160 participants.

The head of the DIGIRES association and chief researcher, professor of the Department of Public Communication at Vytautas Magnus University, Auksė Balčytienė, said that a lot of false information reaches us in the digital space, which creates conflict and seeks to destroy trust in institutions. According to the professor, although in the era of artificial intelligence we no longer know who provides us the information, we still have high-quality, valuable information created by journalists and scientists.

Journalist Brigita Sabaliauskaitė presented the working principles of journalists. According to the lecturer, the job of a public relations specialist is to discover benefits and communicate them, while a journalist’s job is to look for critical points, raise problems, and present various opinions.

Ieva Ivanauskaitė, Head of Business Development at the news portal “Delfi”, said that the development of technology affects how and what content we consume. According to the lecturer, the competitive environment is becoming very tense, it is becoming difficult for the media to survive in it, to earn money that would be used to pay for the work of professional journalists.

Aistė Meidutė, editor, journalist and fact-checker of the “Lie Detector” project of the news portal “Delfi”, presented fact-checkers’ databases, introduced the tools for checking images, and demonstrated how to use them in practice.

Neringa Jurčiukonytė, the head of the “Media4Change” program, presented the methodology developed by the DIGIRES association for media literacy classes and shared insights on how to use it.

Professor Kristina Juraitė, head of the Department of Public Communication at VMU, presented the evaluation strategies that can be applied during the classes.


Game Development Workshop for Kindergarten Teachers

At BECID, we also contribute to the training of kindergarten teachers! We held a workshop for kindergarten teachers at the University of Tartu in Estonia, where students learned how to teach children media literacy through games.

The training was in Estonian!

Credit: BECID.ut.ee


Webinar “From Disinformation to Information Resilience”

On 31 March, from 14-15.30, we invite you to the webinar “From Disinformation to Information Resilience”, where Junior Research Fellow in Media Competence Maia Klaassen, Inga Springe from Re:Baltica and MA students from UT’s Information Resilience micro-degree will present how disinformation affects society and how everyone can increase their resilience to it.

Credit: enk.ee

16/03/2023 at 10-17

Workshop “Young people on social media”

A successful media literacy training for youth workers took place on 16 March in Estonia. The workshop was very practical – we learned and brainstormed new games to educate young people and children on MIL topics! Thank you for inviting us, Eesti Noorsootöötajate Kogu!

Credit: enk.ee

22/03/2023 at 10-12

Webinar “Young people on social media”

A successful media literacy webinar for youth workers took place on 22 February in Estonia.

Thank you for inviting us, Eesti Noorsootöötajate Kogu!

Credit: IREX

Thursday, January 26 at 15:00

Media Literacy in the Baltics webinar for universities on psychological aspects in/around media literacy

University faculty members and students are welcome to participate!


“How to invigorate students via media literacy micro interventions – examples from University of Tartu” by Dr. Maria Murumaa-Mengel, University of Tartu/BECID, Estonia.

“Integration of context, cognitive and perception factors in media literacy classes for students: Vidzeme University of Applied Science experience in implementing the JEDI course” by Māra Arāja, Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences, Latvia, and

“Why are fake news and conspiracy theories so satisfying?” by Dr. Ignas Kalpokas, Vytautas Magnus University/BECID, Lithuania.

Participants are welcome to submit their questions in advance during registration or during the webinar, as the presentations will be followed by an opportunity to discuss!

January 2023

Media and Toddlers

On 11 January, BECID Media Literacy Specialist Inger Klesment will meet with parents attending baby club to give an overview of research on how media affects young children. A discussion with parents will follow.

The meeting will take place at the Tartu Toy Museum in Tartu, Estonia.